Long-term effects of a personal injury can end up being more devastating than the immediate injury itself. One example is traumatic brain injury. Initially, superficial damages could be scarce. But oftentimes, more pressing ailments arise and they are even more detrimental to your health and quality of life. Many people who suffer a personal injury end up dealing with their trauma for a lifetime. But any of these lasting effects can be used to determine damages for a personal injury case.
Some long-term consequences from a personal injury can be a combination of emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive. Of the neurological injuries, the most common are:
-chronic fatigue and sleep disorder
-loss of motor skills
-loss of arousal and sexual dysfunction
-Depression and anxiety
-frequent changes in mood and behavior
-Poor judgment making
-Difficulty speaking and language comprehension
These conditions can be much worse for those who had serious and incapacitating personal injuries. Also, people who suffer from neurological ailments tend to have problems with relationships, grief and may rely on chemical dependency to cope.
This can result in economic hardships. You may lose your job, even the ability to work in your current field entirely, which could put you out of any form of income for quite some time. Switching to a different industry could mean a pay cut. It’s very common for families to rely on social-services assistance due to injuries they face.
Many of these long-term effects don’t get serious consideration when determining the lasting damage in a personal injury case, since they may not develop in ample time. And insurance agencies are quick to resolve any disputes before an individual begins to experience any lasting symptoms. However, an experienced personal injury lawyer will know how to assess any monetary damage due to pain and suffering.